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Got Valkyria Chronicles II and while it’s good; I’m conflicted….

I got  my copy of Valkyria Chronicles II a few days ago, and I’m like 2 days (3 hours) in. It’s definitely better than I initially thought; they didn’t do anything too radical to the gameplay so it’s still the same gameplay I love essentially. The characters are well, it depends who you are if you like or hate them. I’m still waiting till I finish the game till I make my decision. The big thing on my mind though is the voice acting. I mean, it’s not bad or anything; it’s just as an anime fan of 10+ years, I just prefer my audio Japanese. I’ve been looking online to see if I can just hack Japanese audio onto my memory stick or something, and I’m seeing a few people say that people should just stop bitching over the the whole Japanese audio. I consider myself relatively tolerant of English dubbing; I did start off with it. But as the years have passed and I’ve listened to more Japanese audio I’ve developed more of a preference for Japanese audio to the point that I’m kind of obsessed on the issue now.

At first the English dubbing didn’t bother me, but now on day 4 and reading up on the Japanese Seiyuus in this game; I really want to hear the Japanese audio! I’m begging for some way to play the game with Japanese audio! Is there no solution for the anime fan that prefers his/her audio in Japanese and their written language English!?!?!? There’s little things you get out of Japanese audio. First of all there are some things (granted little things) that are lost in translation. The combination of Japanese audio and English subtitles help fill in those gaps. This post is getting a little too ranty than I intended so I’ll end here.   PS: If someone has a solution to getting Japanese audio onto my Valkyria Chronicles II game other than buying the Japanese ver. please share! So far all I got is petitioning Sega to release the audio as dlc.


To Aru Majutsu no Index Fighting Game

In the tradition of Fate/Stay Night fighting game; To Aru Majutsu no Index is also getting a 3D fighting game. It’s great and all, but personally I’ve always been more of a 2D person. That’s not to say I completely hate 3d (I did systems alone just to play Dead or Alive 3 and 4) but I just think the game would be better as a 2D fighter. That aside, this little article comes from Dengeki G’s Magazine’s October issue. From the screenshots it looks like playable characters will consist of Kanzaki Kaori, Misaka clones, Accelerator, Stiyl Magnus, Tsuchimikado Motoharu, Index, Kamijou Touma, and Misaka Mikoto. Seems like it has a tag team system, but I really can’t say as my Kanji level is extremely elementary still. (*sigh* I really  need to find a good online Japanese teaching site). In any case, the major draws to me for this game can be summed up in two words: Misaka Mikoto! There’s the Mikoto bathroom poster you see in the screens there with her in her swimsuit, and better yet, the Misaka Mikoto figma! Sadly from what little I can gather, the figma is going to be bundled up with the special edition of the game much like how the Lily Saber figma was bundled up in the last fate game. The good news for me is that I finally have a job again so it’s not that big of a deal! Plus fighting games are universal so the amount of Japanese you know is irrelevant. You just gotta communicate with you fists!


Kira Kira Review: Rock, Love, and Life!!!

Cover of Kira Kira

Cover of Kira Kira

I just finished the Visual Novel Kira Kira yesterday. I got the game free with my purchase of Shuffle from mangagamer’s site. I first got interested in the game when I saw it at AX 2009 at Mangagamer’s booth. I met the artist of the game and got a sketch of the main character (cost about $20); had I known I’d like the game so much I probably would’ve gotten a sketch of the rest of the cast. So let’s get to the review shall we?

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Touhou Hisoutensoku : 東方非想天則

As most of you probably know, the fighting game, Touhou 12.3, just came out recently at C76. This game is more of an expansion to the previous Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, as it adds 5 new characters to play as. This is a standalone expansion, meaning you don’t need Scarlet Weather Rhapsody to play it. However, you’ll only have access to a small set of characters, so you’ll need both games if you want to play with all 20.


The five new characters are Sanae, Cirno, Utsuho, China, and Suwako. Only Sanae, Cirno, and China have a story mode though.  Apparently, a giant robo…err… a だいだらぼっち has been seen running around Gensokyo.  The story mode revolves around the 3 characters running around searching for it. Touhou storylines are always pretty fun, and I got a kick out of this one. You should really check out China’s story. It involves one giant fish…


If you’ve played Scarlet Weather Rhapsody before, the battle system is pretty much the same. You can customize a set of unique spell cards for each character, after which you can use them in the fight. You gain access to them in battle by taking or giving damage.  There’s also a heavy reliance on projectiles (being touhou and all…), but melee is important too.


The new characters definitely add a new play style to the game. Suwako bounces around like a frog, Cirno has an arsenal of ice attacks, and Utsuho is a walking (flying?) nuclear reactor. I didn’t expect ZUN and Tasogare Frontier to make an expansion to SWR, so this is a nice surprise. Touhou 12 : Undefined Fantastic Object, just came out too, so it’s like a double serving of Touhou! What more can I ask for?



Yes! IDOLM@STER SP for psp has just been released a few days ago! February 19, 2009 in Japan, to be exact. (That’s the trailer up there by the way..) They released three separate games, each with three different (or with the case of the twins, four) idols to choose from. I’m still deciding which version I should get. Personally, I’m a fan of Yukiho, so I’ll probably get Wandering Star.

Perfect Sun has Haruka, Yayoi, and Makoto.

Missing Moon has Chihaya, Azusa, and Ritsuko.

Wandering Star (or is it Wondering Star?) has Yukiho, Ami/Mami, and Iori.

There’s also talk about a 4th(!!!) release that will have Miki and two NEW idols. Yikes. I don’t have enough money to buy all of them.. *sniff*  Heck, I even heard of PSP-PS3 compatibility, but this feature seems likely only in Japan. =(

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Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) scans

Got a new scan for the upcoming Monter Hunter 3 for the Wii! Click on the thumbnail for a better look!

On the top, we see the new T-rex… *AHEM* I mean the rock-like Boruborosu. That thing looks huge, doesn’t it? Reminds me a bit of our old friend, the rocky Basarios, from Monster Hunter 2. That desert looks hot… remind me to bring lots of cold water along with me when I fight that thing.

On the bottom, we have our fishy friend, the Ragiakurusu! What do you think about a showdown between the Plesioth and this guy? Looks like he’ll be a pain to fight, being underwater and all. I don’t see how hunters can still swim underwater while carrying a gigantic sword… and also swing at the monster with enough force to kill it… but hey, I won’t complain.

Oh, the monster in the middle looks like the Rathian. She’s back to say hello to us again. See, she’s smiling at us! My… what big teeth… and fiery breath you have…

Looks like Monster Hunter 3 will be awesomely fun. Just hope it gets brought over to the US.

Oh, and the second page is another scan with Monster Hunter G and プンコちヤん!

Let’s enjoy hunting, みなさん!!!


Hatsune Miku : Project DIVA Preview

Aaah, I just can’t wait till this game comes out! It’s a PSP game that features Hatsune Miku! What surprises me is that Sega is in charge of the project. (Yay Sega!) From the looks of it, it’s a rhythm game with some room customization features. I’d assume that as you play the game, you earn points to get more things for your room…. Seems simple, yet addictive.


I’m glad to see Hatsune Miku in her own game. Since the release of Vocaloid 2, she’s had a giant growing fanbase (Just check Nico Nico Douga or Youtube and you’ll see tons of videos with her, all mostly fanmade).

Release date says it comes out sometime in 2009. No exact date yet it seems… but I’ll be sure to get it once it comes out! I’ll put out a review once I get a copy.

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